What an exciting time we have!!!  A just the girls club.  NO GUYS ALLOWED.

Join us every 3rd Sunday of the month 4-6p at River Tree (in front of Skates Alive 600 Salem Dr. Owensboro, KY).

We always have a chick share her story.  Food and childcare. No cost.

You will feel encouraged, empowered and beautiful.  It’s girlfriend time.

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How do you discern when it’s God speaking?

Over and over I hear the question, “How do you discern when it’s God speaking?”

As for me, I read His Word, claim His promises, pray, then step out on faith to see if the doors open or close. I look for opportunities, put my faith out there and then wait for confirmations, which seem to come to me in threes.

I used to wait and wait and wait on God to speak, so afraid to make a mistake. I didn’t want to miss Him, but seemed to miss opportunities I knew He orchestrated. Then, I started noticing a pattern in His Word. Ask, Seek, Knock, Go, Tell, Believe, Repent. Words of action! Words of faith! Then I realized…Faith is Proactive!

Like Nike says, “Just do it!” Does this mean to haphazardly make foolish decisions and get ahead of God? Certainly not! But waiting can turn you into a procrastinator until you find yourself not growing or going anywhere…fast.

Don’t misunderstand me. There is a time to be still. “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) I once spent a whole year being still. That was the season I was in as God was preparing me for the call. I needed to learn to listen and discern. To be quiet and hear His voice.

Over the last 2 years I feel like He has had His hands around my ankles, directing every step, but every now and then I still miss Him. I keep pressing on, running the race He has set before me, knowing that as long as I am moving, He can steer me the right way. If you are not stepping, how can God redirect your steps?

What if the Disciples had sat around waiting because they didn’t feel prepared or qualified? Sometimes I am Peter, a little rough around the edges and quite capable of cutting someone’s ear off. lol

My point is this: Make a choice according to His Word and your passion and move forward in one direction so He can redirect your steps N, S, E, or W, if need be. If you are moving in the right direction, there will be confirmation after confirmation. But look for the detours that He uses to reroute you and the roadblocks He puts there to STOP you along the way, and follow HIM.

The whole journey is all about TRUST. We call it “The Great Adventure!”

Chicks Kick Fear in the Rear!

At the core of every issue we face (a.k.a. our Stuff?): FEAR

Fear is the most debilitating emotional obstruction, which has the power to absolutely paralyze us. (The enemy uses fear to distract us so that we will take our eyes off of Jesus.) Stay vertical!  1 John 4:18 and 2 Timothy 1:7

There will always be distractions to the left and right of us in this horizontal life we live on planet earth. Look up! Keep your eye on the ball. Fight the good fightFinish your race! Press on toward the mark! Faith is proactive!

When I got saved, I was fearless. My faith had never been so strong nor has it ever since. I was focused.

In the last 24 years, however, I have seen more fear in church chicks than any other women I have ever known. These were my role models as a baby Christian. As I have matured, I have learned that fear and faith cannot coexist! When one is present, the other is always absent. No fear Chicks!

I used to be petrified of many things, including pursuing my music career.

A good friend once shared this great quote with me:

“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”

~ Mark Twain ~

I have never forgotten that and I have used it ever since. Funny how some of those things stay with you.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Mark Twain ~

Courage is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it.
~ Mark Twain ~

I conquered my fear by doing that which I was most afraid of doing. And I ended up touring with Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and fully living my dream.

Individuals are different in the way they do things. What Ms. A, can do, Ms. Z may not, because even though we are created with the potential to do great things, we don’t all do it the same way, or at the same time.

When you can visualize yourself doing the things that you really want to do, you will often find yourself doing those things just the way you visualized them. So, constantly visualize yourself doing things you fear and replace your fear of things with the image of you doing it. Invariably, what is prominent in your mind will dominate your thinking and thereby motivate you to act out your desire.

Someone who may have been stalling on a project, either because of fear or lack of confidence may see that, he or she too, is capable of doing that which they have only dreamed of doing.

Speak it the way you want it to be. Romans 4:17

God could have very easily thought the world into existence, He is God, but He chose instead to speak it to teach us the power of our words.

Over and over throughout scripture God talks about faith being proactive. He said, “Ask, Seek, Knock, Go, Tell, Believe and Love.” Those are all words of action (verbs) that require us to make a choice. Be proactive!

And Lois Jane just shared this one with me today that she heard a preacher say:
“Courage is Fear that has said its prayers.”  ~ Dorothy Bernard ~


Chicks Like Us:

Chicks… we meet again Sunday, Nov. 24 from 4-6p at River Tree (600 Salem Dr., Owensboro, KY) Food and childcare! All women 16 and up are invited… bring a girlfriend and see for yourself why CLU rocks! Questions? Call Tania 485-6347

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What an exciting time we have!!!  A just the girls club.  NO GUYS ALLOWED.

Join us every 3rd Sunday of the month 4-6p at River Tree (in front of Skates Alive 600 Salem Dr. Owensboro, KY).

We always have a chick share her story.  Food and childcare. No cost.

You will feel encouraged, empowered and beautiful.  It’s girlfriend time.

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Journey to Forgiveness

Journey to Forgiveness
with Cindy Morningstar

Finding Practical Biblical Solutions for Everyday Real-Life Struggles

10 years ago I met Cindy Morningstar when she emailed me after finding my bio on Faith Hill’s website. 6 years ago I met her face to face when she flew me to central PA for their annual Morningstar Barn Party and 2 Sunday services where I shared my testimony and music.

Since 2005, Cindy has flown me to PA about 50 times, booking me in over 100 churches. I am not sure that I would still be in ministry today had God not brought Cindy into my life to fulfill His purpose. God has mentored us, through each other.

18 months ago, Cindy began a journey that would lead her to ultimate freedom in Christ. Click here to listen to this 15 minute story called: Journey to Forgiveness

Scripture references:

Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.””

Luke 6:37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Luke 17:3-4 “Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.””

Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Genesis 50:19-20 

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God?  You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Matthew 6:14- 15

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Ephesians 4: 30-32

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Hebrews 12:14-16

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.